All professionals possess some measure of expertise. Not only is expertise useful, it’s usually necessary to do the job and generally viewed as a good thing.

But what if there’s an issue with expertise? Is expertise always a good thing?

During the 46th Annual Conference on Explosives & Blasting Technique keynote presentation, Forensic Structural Engineer Sean Brady, Ph.D., will discuss how expertise has limitations when applied outside normal areas of application, and how these limitations typically won’t be evident to the individual applying the expertise.

He will also talk about how it’s even likely that an individual will continue to apply their expertise in situations where evidence suggests the application of the expertise is inappropriate.

To explore these issues, Brady will examine the behavior of a group of U.S. firefighters fighting a 1949 wildfire in Mann Gulch. He will look at psychological studies that examine the concept of Priming and will discuss how baseball can help unravel why expertise sometimes lets us down.

Brady will speak at 8 a.m. Jan. 27, 2020, at the 46th Annual Conference on Explosives & Blasting Technique in Denver, Colo.

About Sean Brady
Sean Brady, Ph.D., is a forensic structural engineer who specializes in identifying the cause of defects and failures in the construction and engineering sectors.

He has acted as an independent expert in numerous proceedings involving a wide range of constructed facilities, including stadia, bridges, wharves, tall buildings, large basements, petroleum storage vessels and mining structures. He is a director of the Society of Construction Law Australia, and a member of the Singapore International Mediation Centre’s Panel of Experts.

Brady also has an interest in the causes of failure in general, particularly the role played by human factors, and he has recently completed a review into the causes of fatalities in the Queensland mining industry over the past 20 years.

Brady contributes to the specialty of forensics through journal papers and articles, as well as delivering conference keynote presentations. He is also a visiting lecturer at a number of universities.

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Registration for the 46th Annual Conference on Explosives & Blasting Technique is now open. Join nearly 1,600 explosives industry professionals Jan. 26-29, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colo., for the world's largest conference in the explosives industry.

This year's conference will feature technical sessions, workshops, poster presentations and more than 130 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and technology in the explosives industry.

Registration

To receive the special ISEE member discount rate, ISEE members will need their member ID number and membership type on-hand when registering. Attendees who aren't ISEE members, will select the non-member option during registration.


If you are unsure of your member ID or membership type, please contact Stefanie Bourbon, ISEE membership coordinator, at (440) 349-4400 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hotel & Travel

For sleeping room reservations, call the Hyatt Regency Denver at (800) 233-1234. Please be sure to mention ISEE to receive the conference discount rate of $199.00 single/double. Do not delay booking your reservations because the hotel is expected to sell out early.

For online sleeping room reservations click here.

Please watch out for housing pirates and poachers. You must call or register online to receive the rate discount. Hotel and ISEE representatives will never solicit you for reservations.

Air Transportation

You will receive a discount off the lowest applicable published air fare when you make airline reservations with United Airlines. Click here to make your reservation, and offer code: ZH8G128178 when checking out.

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Calling all students looking to make a mark in the explosives industry! The ISEE Conference Program Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Student Papers to be presented at the 46th Annual Conference on Explosives & Blasting Technique, the largest gathering of its kind involving field blasters, manufacturers of explosives related products, educators and researchers, to be held Jan. 26–29, 2020, Denver, Colo.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to network with senior researchers and professionals from academia and the industry. Ideas should be submitted in a 200-400 word abstract highlighting the major points of the proposed 8-10 page paper and be approved by the student's faculty adviser. Papers addressing all explosives and blasting-related topics will be considered. Accepted papers will be assigned to either a technical session or Blasters Forum Poster Session. Papers received by the deadline, with paid conference registration, will be published in the Conference Proceedings.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the online student submission instructions. Abstract submissions must be in by Oct. 1, 2019. The deadline for your paper submission is Nov. 1, 2019.

Submit your abstract by Oct. 1, 2019.

Do you have a knack for photography and some great shots of a recent job you’d like to share? Take your camera on your next job site and upload your best pictures. Qualifying entries will be displayed through ISEE’s social media channels and on-screen at the annual conference in Denver.

Voting will be open to all. The Best of Show winner will receive a free registration to the 47th annual conference. Winners will be announced at the annual conference, on social media, and in the Journal of Explosives Engineering.

Visit the photo contest page today to see all the categories and enter your pictures.

Photo Contest Entry

Showcase your organization's latest products, services and technology at the world's largest conference on explosives engineering. Public exhibit booth registration for the 46th Annual Conference on Explosives & Blasting is now open.

This is your organization's chance to get its name out in front of 1,600 key decision makers, industry experts, government regulators and field blasters. To purchase booth space, visit the conference section of our website. Be sure to reserve your space soon because the exhibit hall will sell out quickly.

The 46th Annual Conference on Explosives & Blasting Technique will be from Jan. 26-29, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colo. Sponsorships are available for events and amenities. Call (440) 349-4400 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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